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April 27, 2015

Real Love Stories: Let Me Love You Again by Anna DeSteano

LET ME LOVE YOU AGAIN
Anna DeStefano
Montlake Romance
April 28, 2015
Contemporary Romance

Selena Rosenthal left behind her high school sweetheart, who was the love of her life, seven years ago.

Now, she and the once-rebellious Oliver Bowman are back in Chandlerville—after his foster father’s heart attack and Selena’s contentious divorce—to deal with her secrets, the recklessness that caused their breakup, and the almost-strangers they’ve become to each other and their families.

As soon as his father is stronger, Oliver must return to the successful career that helps support a new generation of foster kids. But he’s falling for Selena again, her daughter has a hold on his heart, and he can’t imagine leaving behind his brothers and sisters once again.

More attached by the day to their charming hometown and families, Selena and Oliver fall in love for the second time.

Has fate brought Chandlerville’s prodigal children together again…this time forever?




We got a treat today because Anna's here to talk about a real life love story. Read up & go *awwww* with me as she shares how she met and fell in love with her hubby of 24 years.




I HEART having the chance to talk about what romance has meant to my life. Romance is so personal to me. It’s not always a fantasy or love at first site or something you know is happening when it’s happening. But for me, it’s always been a very real, very magical thing—in my life and in my books ;o)


I’m very lucky to still be with my husband of 24 years—which means we’ve known each other for going on 30. And, yes, since I met him when I was 18, that makes me O.L.D. I could talk about countless “storybook” romantic moments in our lives together. But did they all feel perfect when they were happening. Um…no. At least, not from the very start.

Because like many of the stories I write, including Let Me Love You Again, some of the best moments in my husband’s and my relationship have been when we cared for each other through something difficult. Something that once we were on the other side of it taught us that this was an amazing person I needed more of in my life.

So… Let’s take a peak at my “cliché” romance checklist:


LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT? Check.


This one is easy. I met my hunk of burning Italian love when our eyes met across a crowded room (at a fraternity party my daddy told me not to go to). Another guy wouldn’t take the hint and stop hitting on me, and my now husband strolled over and rescued me. Before I knew it, we’d talked all night. And then I’d taken him home at Thanksgiving to meet my daddy. And then…

By the way, a lot of what I just described has made its way, I’ve just realized, into the first meeting of my hero and heroine in His Darling Bride (Echoes of the Heart Book 3, which won’t be out until next year). Minus the frat party, but the rest… Hmmmm. Maybe I should let my husband know?


ROMANTIC 1ST DATE? Check.

Except it was also an epic fail for most of the date. Right up until the surprise ending!

My husband (a New Yorker) learned I’d never seen a Broadway play, and he bought tickets for us to see CATS at the historic Fox Theater in Atlanta. Off we went, all dressed up and walking the few blocks from our college campus to the Fox. Holding hands on a warm Fall afternoon, we were in for a magical night… Except somewhere along the way the tickets disappeared along with his wallet, neither to be seen again.

We had to walk all the way back to his place, bummed and him steaming mad at himself and eventually me. Because he was so sure I’d never want to have anything to do with him again. So our first date turned into the warming rumbles of our first fight—until I realized why he was being such a jerk. At which point I let him have it. A kiss that is, as I told him that I wanted to go out with him, period. Whatever we ended up doing.

The play would have been nice, and I was sorry for the money he’d lost (not to mention the things in his wallet). But did he really not know how into him I was, and how amazing he already was to me? The wonder on his face, the magic of that kiss… I’m pretty sure our hearts connected honestly that night, for real, for the very first time.


An “I KNOW FOR SURE” MOMENT? Check.

We’ve had so may. I LIVE for those kinds of moments, looking back at my own love story and at the ones I’ve created for characters in books. The ones when people face conflict or challenge or hard choices together and just know, as a result of how they get through it, that they’ve met a good person whom they want in their lives forever. Not just a hunk or a perfect goddess or a sexy love connection, but also someone they can depend on to be there when they need someone the most.

One of my husband’s and my “for sure” moments was the time when we were still in college, and we were having lunch with my roommate. She was on full scholarship and financial aide, and her checks weren’t there on time. If she didn’t pay her tuition and fees that day, she was going to lose her next semester’s schedule and her housing. And she didn’t have the money. She was in tears, frantic. And this was a girl my husband barely knew.

But what did my hero do? He whipped out his checkbook for the account his parents kept for him and wrote her a check for pretty much all the money he had to live on for the next four months or so. When she said she couldn’t take it, my guy told her he trusted her to pay him back whenever her aid and scholarship money came in. She burst into tears with relief, and so did I. He very nearly did, too.

Did he do it to impress me? Maybe a little, he later confided. But he’s also the kind of guy who can’t watch someone else suffering, and not do whatever he can to help. I realized it that day. He’s proven it to me time and again through our lives together. I’d found someone I could depend on, despite the cost and risk to himself, to put whatever he had to on the line for someone he loved—and someone he barely knew.

Did I find myself a real life hero, or what?!


You definitely did! Thanks for sharing such a lovely story with us, Anna!



Anna DeStefano is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the Mimosa Lane novels and the Atlanta Heroes series. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, she’s lived in the South her entire life. Her background as a care provider and adult educator in the world of crisis and grief recovery lends itself to the deeper psychological themes of every story she writes. A wife and mother, she currently writes in a charming northeast suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, not all that different from her characters’ beloved Chandlerville. She is also a workshop and keynote speaker, a writing coach, and a freelance editor.

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25 comments:

  1. Awww I think he is a hero, yalls story is a great way to start the day :)

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  2. Ahh what a sweet post. Her husband sounds like a keeper for sure. I love that her books are based on her real life romance.

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  3. You were right, Braine, this is aww-worthy! Very sweet story, just the kind that restore my faith in romance :) I've been married for fifteen years, and my hubby is my hero, and we're as happy as any couple could be. But what I see in the world around us is a different story. So I always appreciate a "success" story, so to speak. Great post!

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  4. i noticed when I suddenly had 10 posts by you ;)

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  5. That is certainly an "awww"-inspiring love story! :) Thanks for sharing it. As for why I like small-town romances...I like how close-knit everyone is in a small town. They're all invested in each others' lives...some may call it nosy. ;) But I enjoy that community feel and getting to know so many of the other characters.

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  6. Very sweet! Real life romance is so much better than fiction, but she writes a mean fiction romance too. ;)

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  7. the closeness and sweetness of small town romances is what hooks me :) but I couldn't live in a small town in real life. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. That's a really sweet and cute post, it's was really nice to read it and thank you for sharing with us!

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  9. I like the intimacy they impose.

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  10. i love that everyone is involved with helping the couple get together

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  11. What a beautiful real life love story! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Okay, left eye leaked a little while reading what he did for your friend. That is definitely a great guy.

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  13. Thank you for sharing all those wonderful stories!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  14. Oh that's adorable! Thanks so much for sharing! I think real life experiences bring those more fictional ones to life sometimes. :)

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  15. You did find yourself a real life hero... he is sweet to put all his money up like that. I hope she paid it back too.
    The book sounds intersting too. I think I'd like Selena and Oliver.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  16. What a sweet wonderful love story-thanks for sharing with us!

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  17. they seem more true-to-life and attainable

    Denise

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  18. How wonderful to to be married for so many years and to have a real life love story! Thank you so much for sharing with us. Hugs...Ro

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  19. Awww..I married an Italian hunk too..thanks for sharing!

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  20. You found a gem! Looking forward to reading Oliver and Selena's story, and His Darling Bride next year. Thanks for sharing your romance.

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  21. Makes my heart so happy that you shared your love story with us!!! You've definitely been blessed to find your soul mate in life & even more so that it actually reads as a happily ever after story as well!!! I think I'm drawn to small town romances more since I grew up that way. Everyone looks out for one another & they're close knit like a large extended family would be with lots of love to go around. To me they're more realistic with characters that I can relate to along with getting invested in the outcome. Can't wait to read!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win & good luck to all who enter!!!:)

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  22. Thanks for sharing your story with us it sounds wonderful.

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  23. I love small town romances. I love that everyone knows everything and sometimes that helps. There are not too many secrets then. I love small towns and people actually have morals and you can fell safe. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  24. This sounds awesome, Braine! I love small time romances because of the sense of community that is often present. And on top of that, I love the second chance love stories, so Let Me Love You Again sounds like the perfect fit for me :)
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
    Have a fantastic Friday and happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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